The legendary partnership between Pehr Henrik Nordgren, the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, and its conductor Juha Kangas continues with this wonderful recording. For this release, the musicians have chosen Nordgren’s works Concerto No. 2 for piano, strings and percussion, his Concerto for piano left hand only and chamber orchestra, and his Song cycle to poems by Edith Sodergran for mezzo-soprano, strings and harp.
Get ready for the shock of the new , or, in this case, the old. This disc of Beethoven concertos by keyboardist Arthur Schoonderwoerd has a highly unusual sound, even by the standards of the historical-performance movement. Performances of the Beethoven concertos in period style are rarer than those of the sonatas, which are themselves rarer than those of music by Mozart and Haydn. This is partly because the whole issue is more problematical with Beethoven, who was clearly striving toward larger dimensions.